Wichita State University, the most diverse university in the state, will lead the
coalition team with industry experts to develop a complete solution that enables small-
and mid-size businesses to successfully implement smart manufacturing technologies
into the supply chain – including multiple additive technologies, high velocity machining,
smart factory management, and associated workforce programming.
The vision for the South Kansas Coalition initiative is to empower equitable adoption
of productivity-enhancing emerging technologies for sustainable, precision manufacturing
competitiveness and profitability.
The Build Back Better funded projects blend human and technological capabilities to
power innovation, growth, and resilience. Driving Adoption invests extensively in
technology, data, and human capabilities thereby creating public sector assets that
will equitably boost private production velocity, competitiveness, and profitability.
The collective convening power of WSU and its long legacy of quality academic programs
and industry-driven research will enable the Coalition to operationalize a unified,
integrated, and wholistic strategy to help the South Kansas economy recover from the
pandemic and build economic diversity and resiliency that will benefit the regional
workforce and residents through the creation of high-quality jobs, increased wages,
and revitalized communities.